After A Bountiful 2014 Britain Set For Next Test In World Waters, Peaty At The Helm

Adam Peaty at his breakthrough in Berlin - by Patrick B. Kraemer

There was a time when expectation was greater than outcome for the British swimming team but a bountiful 2014 has raised hopes that the National Championships at the London Aquatics Centre this week will not only witness a flood of world top five performances but that those efforts will be converted to podium challenges at the World Championships come August. Take your marks …

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There was a time when expectation was greater than outcome for the British swimming team but a bountiful 2014 has raised hopes that the National Championships at the London Aquatics Centre this week will not only witness a flood of world top five performances but that those efforts will be converted to podium challenges at the World Championships come August. Take your marks …

Comments

Carol

Such a shame there is no TV or web coverage this has to be the most promising British team in years

MP

Terrific article as always. Good luck to all GB swimmers. May “The Pool of Dreams” fulfil all your dreams of success.

MP

Carol – Fully agreed

Iain

For those wondering about the (incredibly high) standards for GB swimmers, I recommend this article:
http://www.pullbuoy.co.uk/world-championships/russian-roulette-gbs-route-to-kazan

The system is rather convoluted

roy

those british qualifying times are crazier that that of the aussies

Craig Lord

Unnecessarily so, Iain. Very high standards unsurprising – geared at ‘medals or nothing’ come the big one because that is what the paying public want, according to a poll for UK Sport… Pullbuoy’s article is to be recommended on a need to know basis 🙂 … if any of it makes sense in performance terms, then for the wider audience, well, the twists and turns and need of calculation will certainly put many off as the action unfolds and those watching just want to know ‘did they make it or not’ … it is the kind of thing that makes sure the swim audience is the one its got not the one it could have.

Steve

Iain – my thanks to you for sharing the link.

Craig – people have different views on whether QTs should be tough (I happen to think here a danger of putting too many eggs in one basket and would advocate slower times in April) but I think the fact it took me 1150 words to explain it demonstrates that the policy is over complicated. It does give a degree of flexibility to the selectors however and how they use that will be most instructive.

sink-or-swim

Our three pool medalists from the last two Olympics didn’t (initially, at least) come for the pack of ‘expected’ medal-winners.

Becky, Jo and MJ were absent from the back pages of the Sun, or any other publication. How many of this week’s qualifiers were headline names this time last year?

British swimmers come from a very small pool of talent, and often perform completely differently to expectation. We need as many of them as possible to stay in the sport and then represent GB – firstly to inspire the youngsters behind them – and secondly, because that’s the best way to earn maverick GB medals.

Craig Lord

sink-or-swim – i wouldn’t know about the sun back page but I do know that Becky Adlington mentioned in my reports in The Times from 2004 inwards and from 2006 was a headline… and by the time she went to beijing, she was not ‘expected’ to win double gold but she was definitely a medal hope. yes, toy getting them to stay in and see through hard times, like Becky and others did on the way to the podium

sink-or-swim

hi Craig.

I wasn’t suggesting she had no expert analysts on her case – in 2012 there were ridiculous, tabloid speculations about the prospects for one or two swimmers – I’m not sure that’s helpful or realistic. As long as British Swimming continue to fuel the hype and narrowing the selection criteria, we’ll keep having disappointed ‘superstars’ like last night.

We simply need to have a reasonably broad representation to catch the odd medalist that performs on the day.

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